La Trobe University

Master of Information Technology


Start dates
Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July), Summer (October) 2018
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time.
Fees and costs
$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Our Master of Information Technology is designed for students without a background in IT. You'll build on your existing qualification, from any area, and develop the technical skills for a career in the IT sector.

You'll study computing fundamentals such as database systems, computer networks and programming before moving onto more advanced studies in software engineering, intelligent systems, internet computing and web-based and e-commerce computer networks. The course is focused on technical proficiency and will provide you with the skills to build and manage computer systems, including knowledge of Java for programming, algorithms and data structures, the fundamentals of system design engineering and fundamental IT-related mathematics.

A team project in software engineering is part of the course, and you have the option of completing a minor thesis if you wish to go on to a PhD.

Our partnerships with universities around the world will give you an opportunity to study overseas. When you graduate, you'll be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline, or approved international equivalent.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

After graduating you may move into an area in the IT sector or combine your past experience with new skills to pursue an IT role within your field of expertise, whether in the humanities, health, science, education or finance. Past graduates have worked at: - Certus Solutions as a consultant - Herald and Weekly Times as a software developer - DOCOMO interTouch (Australia) as a senior systems engineer - Esie Solutions as a website developer - SPARQ Solutions as a business intelligence analyst - TGA International as a director - Al Baha University as a lecturer - iChip Solutions as a test analyst. This degree equips you for careers in: - security engineering - systems analysis - software development - IT administration.

Professional recognition

The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information Technology may apply for membership with the ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

Students without the appropriate computer science background may be required to commence three weeks earlier than semester start dates to undertake accelerated first-year computer science subjects. Advanced Standing may be available for previous tertiary studies, for subjects completed equivalent to Australian Honours year level or the completion of La Trobe Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or Computer Science. Students applying for exemption must provide details of the curriculum from the course handbooks together with a copy of their academic transcript.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: